LAUNCH OF 2012 OPEN BUDGET INDEX
Ghana’s 2012 Open Budget Index was successfully launched by the Integrated Social Development Centre in Partnership with the International Budget Partnership on the 23rd of January, 2013 at the Institute of Local Government Studies. It was attended by several institutions including Ministries, Civil Society Organizations, Media Houses etc.
The index which measures governments’ commitment to budget transparency, accountability and participation saw Ghana recording a score of 50 out of 100. This performance shows a decline from the score of 54 percent in 2010 and means large quantum of information concerning the budgetary process is not made available to the general public. The decline in performance was largely attributed to lack of comprehensiveness of the Executive Budget Proposal and the Mid-Year Report and the inability of government to produce a Pre-Budget Statement and Year End Report. The survey categorizes all documents that were produced outside the timeframe set by survey as not produced. This therefore meant that out of the eight Key Budget Documents: the Pre-Budget Statement, Executive Budget Proposal, Enacted Budget, Citizens’ Budget, Mid-Year Review, In Year Reports, Year End Report and the Audit Report, Ghana could only produce five. The Pre-Budget Statement, Citizens’, Budget and the Year End Report were not produced.
It was therefore recommended that Civil Society Organizations take up the issue of the Citizens’ Budget and work in partnership with government to produce an abridged and simplified form of the budget that will be understandable to the general public.
It was also recommended that government undertakes the following actions to improve budget transparency.
- Improve the comprehensiveness of the Year-End Report and the Executive’s Budget Proposal;
- Publish timely and regular In-Year Reports;
- Publish a Citizens Budget;
- Produce and publish a Pre-Budget Statement;
- Provide opportunities for the public to testify at legislative hearings on the budget for the individual administrative units; and
- Enable the legislature and SAI to provide more effective oversight of the budget
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Enacted Budget by providing program-level details in it
- Increase the comprehensiveness of the Mid-Year Review
- Increase the quality of the Audit Report
Below is the link to the 2012 OBI report
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